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Wanderers' Andreu finding feet in new home

  • Wanderers' Andreu finding feet in new home

They're currently the hottest team in the A-League, but Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Andreu admits feeling a little cold.

Since moving from Racing Santander in Spain's second division over the winter, Andreu has been a rock in Tony Popovic's side by appearing in all seven matches so far this season.

The 32-year-old touched the ball more than any other midfielder in his side's thrilling 2-1 victory over Wellington on Saturday - their fourth win on the trot - but said there was plenty of room for improvement.

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"I'm feeling good, but always you want to play a little better," Andreu said on Tuesday.

"Last game I was a little angry sometimes because I wanted to touch (the ball) more. But every game is different. I want to improve a little bit."

Andreu forms one-third of the Spanish armada drafted in by Popovic over the off-season that, after a slow start to the year, has proven a formidable foundation for their front-third.

The former Barcelona junior said that after some teething problems with the move, he now felt more settled on and off the field.

"Obviously in the first weeks it's a little difficult," he said.

"The new city, new teammates, new staff ... but now after 3-4 months, everything is clear. I don't have problems. I'm enjoying a lot in the city. Most important, I'm enjoying in the field."

The Wanderers' run has coincided with the return of forward Mark Bridge, who has yet to lose a game since returning from a groin injury four weeks ago.

The 30-year-old showed great composure in setting up the side's opening goal against the Phoenix for Federico Piovacarri, before then thundering in the game-winner with a clutch shot in the shadows of fulltime.

"Wellington Phoenix were a tough opposition, (but) we broke them down eventually and Bridgey scored a good goal," said right-back Scott Neville.

"We love winning at home, but just winning in general is good. Hopefully we can keep the roll going."

The third-placed Wanderers next travel to the Central Coast to take on the Mariners on Sunday.

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